BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance - Course overview
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MATHEMATICS WITH FINANCEMathematical analysis of the Dow Jones index

High-level mathematics puts you a step ahead in the financial world, whether you want to price financial futures or quantify your exposure to risk. This course offers a solid mathematical background and an introduction to quantitative finance. A professional career in finance will benefit greatly from the high-level analytical and computational skills taught on this research-led degree.

In each of the first two years the course involves five mathematics modules and one finance module. The first year equips you with many skills including: calculus, which is key to modelling financial markets and their changes; probability and statistics, needed for example in modelling risks, and an introduction to accountancy. In the final year there are four mathematics modules and two finance modules. Our students can master the professional software and programming skills which are required for business and management.  Our students can also become expert with financial markets, investment management and sophisticated tools such as the Black-Scholes stochastic partial differential equation used to model option pricing. The course also gives you skills in operational research --- the mathematical techniques underlying management and decision making.
The course is taught by world leading researchers and staff from Plymouth Business School, nominated for the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year in 2013, who together develop and regularly revise our wide range of final year modules. This degree equips our students with high-level skills which employers highly value and gives our graduates excellent career prospects.

We are very proud of the support we offer our students and we place an emphasis on developing our students’ oral and written professional communications skills. This greatly enhances our students’ employability.  Our optional placement year is a great way to gain commercial experience and opens doors into good jobs.
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As a mathematics and statistics student at Plymouth, we use technology to support your learning. Our students receive an individual Apple iPad mini. This gives you access to resources that support your modules (e.g. podcasts, online videos, eBooks and electronic copies of lecture notes), as well as enabling you to participate in interactive activities such as in-class voting and feedback, and to access various University online systems such as module sites, the electronic library, and of course email.

What our students say​

Obtaining a Maths with Finance degree from Plymouth University opened many opportunities career wise and enabled me to think about many varied career paths. Now in my profession it has enabled me Image of Sarah Rutterto see things from a different point of view and ask questions that other people wouldn’t think of. It improved my analytical skills and also basic skills such as organising time to fit in both a social and a work life, which is especially important now that I am studying as well as working full time. 

Having obtained a Maths with Finance degree I was exempt from a few of the early exams for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), which meant I could skip these and start  the higher level exams sooner. I am currently on the managerial level, having passed 10 exams so far. I hope to graduate by the end of 2012, when I will be a fully qualified management accountant. CIMA is a worldwide recognised qualification and as Ricoh is a global business, this will open lots of opportunities for me in the future.

Sarah Rutter
Trainee Financial Analyst, Ricoh UK

Professional accreditationThe Institute of Mathematics and its Applications logo

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. After sufficient professional experience, graduates can apply for Chartered Mathematician status.


Our degrees feature a variety of final-year project modules. Recent project topics from this course include:
  • Option Pricing: Analytical and Finite Difference Methods
  • Applications of Deterministic and Stochastic Differential Equations
  • Option Pricing using analytical and Monte Carlo Methods
  • Rationally Pricing Financial Barrier Options
  • Pricing Basket Options
  • The Pricing of Asian Options with Random Interest Rate and Random Volatility
  • Projective Geometry and the Matroid Generalization of Kuratowski’s Theorem

Image of maths students at workScholarships and Awards 

For 2014 entry we have the following scholarships.
  • Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence:  £2,000 for any applicant for this course who has made Plymouth University their first choice by Wednesday 8 May 2014 and who achieves the equivalent of ABB in three A Levels (or equivalent) and enrols here in September 2014. Students are eligible if they have at least one of the following combinations listed in the qualification/grade table as well as satisfying all our entrance criteria.
  • Mathematics Scholarship: students who do not obtain the Dean’s Award are eligible for a £500 automatic scholarship if they have a grade A* in A Level Mathematics plus £500 for an A in Further Mathematics up to a total of £1,000. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must put us as their first choice before 1st August. The scholarship is paid in term one of the first year. There are additional prizes and certificates  to reward high marks in later years. 


Academic Excellence Awards associated with this course

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